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Welcome to the Rays Tank!

Where the Team Signs a LOOGY and (:% Walks Off

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This date in Rays History!

In 2008, the Rays signed journeyman left handed pitcher, Randy Choate. He would serve out of the Rays pen for the next two seasons and was very serviceable as a groundball machine and was a buzzsaw against left handed batters. During 2009, Choate set a new record for most number appearances in a season with 85 games, which is still a team record.

His numbers against lefties in 2009 and 2010

AVG OBP SLG HR K% BB% FIP TBF
2009 .141 .193 .192 1 26.5% 6.0% 2.41 83
2010 .197 .263 .266 1 26.1% 5.8% 2.34 138

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Trivia Time!

The answer to yesterday's question was James Loney, answered correctly by VORP Speed Ahead! & warren.wood77

Wrong answers included Carlos Pena, Casey Kotchman, Dan Johnson, and Aubrey Huff

Today's prospect:

[Prospect] reminds scouts of Jimmy Key. He can reach 91-92 mph with his fastball, and his best pitch is a hard slider. He has very good command, lots of confidence and a sound delivery. He destroyed lefties in 2000, limiting them to a .105 average with no homers in 95 at-bats.

Hint: was once a three time top ten prospect for his organization.

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There are 102 days until Opening Day!

That's the same number of runs batted in that Carlos Pena had in 2008

Here are three of them that came in a very memorable Rays comeback.

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Links!

- The Cardinals signed Mike Leake to a 5 year-$80 million deal, perhaps taking them out of the market for a Rays starting pitcher.

- Brisbee compares new Giants' Jeff Samardzija to former Giant and brand new Cardinal Mike Leake.


- Also at RCG, they continued their ranking of the team's top 50 prospects and looked into Yonny Chirinos and Moises Gomez - names you may not know!

- Super interesting and fun read from Hardball Times about a fairly obscure utility players brief moment of greatness

- A look at the new Scott Kazmir that returned from baseball purgatory.

Random Ray of the Day!

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